Golf: Bunker Invites yield Andover, Spring Lake Park on top

Andover gold outlasted New Prague by four shots to win an abbreviated Bunker Hills Invitational May 8.

Severe weather halted play and scores were tallied through seven holes as the Huskies gold team, led by senior captain Sierra Langlie, fired a 14-over par total. Runner-up New Prague shot 18-over and Eastivew placed third with 20-over. St. Francis was 12th, Anoka was 18th and Andover black 19th to round out the team scores.

Andover senior Sierra Langlie placed second, even par, in the rain-shortened Bunker Hills Invite Thursday. Photo by Jason Olson

Andover senior Sierra Langlie placed second, even par, in the rain-shortened Bunker Hills Invite Thursday. Photo by Jason Olson

New Prague’s Kenzie Neisen earned medalist honors at 2-under followed by Langlie and Lakeville North’s Megan Welch at even par for second place. Andover teammate Haley Tollette tied for fourth place at 1-over.

Panthers win boys Bunker Invite

Anoka senior Max Savini earned medalist honors after carding a 70 and Spring Lake Park won the team title at a very closely played Bunker Hills Invitational May 7.

Savini edged Panthers senior Pete Sienko by one stroke as the top seven individuals were separated by three strokes. Andover’s Sam Steinwald tied for fifth place with a 73.

An equally tight team race saw the top eight teams separated by 10 strokes.

Blaine was one stroke behind Spring Lake Park (303-304) with Eastview third (305) before Anoka and Hastings tied for fourth place (307). Andover tied with Grand Rapids for seventh place and Coon Rapids was 16th.

Spring Lake Park coach Will Wackman said the tournament served as test not only on the section and state course but against several section opponents like Blaine, Anoka, Centennial and Maple Grove.

Wackman said the focus until section time is to make sure the team is playing consistently strong golf during the two-day section tournament.

“If we are not playing consistently well, it will be hard for us to compete against a strong field that includes Blaine, Anoka, Maple Grove and Rogers,” he said.

Wackman added that No. 2 golfer Nick Turnquist has elevated his game the most on the team behind Sienko, who should challenge for an all-state spot.

“Nick’s really become one of the North Suburban Conference’s best golfers,” Wackman said. “We have also seen many good rounds by seniors Jack Hiemenz and Brett Bolf as well as junior Zach Savageau.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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